The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has changed its provider for FBI fingerprint-based background checks, as of November 28, 2017. Under PA law, all registered adult volunteers in Scouting in PA are required to provide three PA-mandated background clearances prior to beginning their volunteer service, including either the FBI Fingerprint Based Criminal History Clearance (for those who...Read More »
New Birth of Freedom Council, BSA
After the BSA Board of Directors’ historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting, many in the Scouting community had just one question: When can my daughter sign up? Other Scouters had more specific questions about the reasons for the move, implementation and rollout plan. On Oct. 30, Bryan Wendell, Senior Editor of Boys’ Life, ...Read More »
Only 3 youth spots remain for the World Jamboree for the New Birth of Freedom Council contingent spots. After the remaining spots are filled, those still applying will be added to a regional waiting list. Adult applications are still being accepted for Jamboree Staff and Jamboree Leadership. The World Scout Jamboree is the largest camping...Read More »
The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given at the council level. Do you know a Scouter who you feel is deserving...Read More »
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and all of us in leadership roles in Scouting can help prevent, recognize and report bullying as we work to make Scouting a safe place for all. This month, the “Bryan on Scouting” blog has shared four important stories on how all leaders can be more vigilant about preventing...Read More »
The Hershey Bears are hosting three special Scout Nights during the 2017-18 American Hockey League season, including the 13th annual Scout Sleepover at Giant Center on March 16. Special ticket discounts for Scout groups (minimum 15 or more attendees) are available for home games on December 30 (vs. Wilkes Barre Scranton), February 10 (vs. Hartford) and...Read More »
This is an exciting and important time for the BSA. Our recent historic decision to serve families by inviting girls to Cub Scouts and delivering a program that will enable them to earn the rank of Eagle Scout sustains our mission of preparing more young people to live the values of the Scout Oath and...Read More »
October 13, 2017 This week, BSA’s volunteer-led board of directors unanimously approved a plan to invite girls and young women into all Scouting programs. Beginning in fall 2018, Cub Scouting will be available to both girls and boys in the first through fifth grades (7 to 10 years old). A program for girls ages 11...Read More »
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The Boy Scouts of America’s volunteer-led board of directors on (October 11) unanimously approved a plan to welcome girls and young women into all Scouting programs. The historic move means boys and girls will soon experience the values-based, life-changing, Instagram-worthy moments offered in all of Scouting’s programs — from Cub Scouting all the way...
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Research reinforces interest expressed by families and girls nationwide as organization looks to offer programs that meet the needs of today’s families. Irving, Texas – October 11, 2017 – Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its iconic Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program...